There are an awful lot of variations when it comes to artwork in Magic: The Gathering. Nearly every set that releases now will have its own alternate version of many of the cards, and Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty will have up to five alternate versions of some card.
There are more options than ever before, and while that’s nice if you’re the kind of person who likes to collect all of these things, it doesn’t always seem to lead to the correct price-to-rarity that should be the case in MTG, as mentioned by PleasantKenobi a while ago. Also, it sort of messes with the vibe of some decks.
Do they have to match?
Right, this may well be just an us problem, but the one big problem with all of these fancy card artworks and frames is that it means it’s hard to get everything to match. If you wanted to build a deck filled with alternate artworks for cards, you’d end up with a deck that was so horribly mismatched that it’d result in a TV crew coming round to your house to sort out your interior decorating.
It’s nice to have different things for different sets, sure, but if you’re building a modern deck and you’ve got three different versions of [tooltupsHidetsugu, Devouring Chaos[/tooltips] in there alongside a silver-screen card from Crimson Vow, and an archive card from Strixhaven, then you’re going to be pulling out streams of cards that don’t even really look like they’re from the same game.
Don’t get us wrong, we actually like all the variety, but it means consistency is really hard to come by, and that’s going to put some people on tilt immediately. Maybe that’s the point though? You can just win games by revealing an opening hand full of different card styles and see if your opponent has a visible spike in blood pressure, then just go from there and see if you can get a victory by revealing as many different art styles as possible until they simply get up and leave.
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